AMDC X Outpost Journal: "Hometown Homage"

Hometown Homage celebrated the origins of our creative identities. As creative professionals, the environments from which we come - whether a farm, small town, or large metropolis - help to share our worldview.

The AmDC challenged designers to look retrospectively at their hometown experiences to design an object that reflected their heritage, paying homage to their past utilizing their skill sets honed in the present. 


Trophy: Awards We Live With

May 17-20 2013, New York, NY

A trophy is a memento, token or symbol used to commemorate an achievement or victory. Whether they are awarded, stolen or created, trophy objects can come in many forms.

The AmDC invited designers to create their own trophy objects that were deeply personal but still accessible to others. Designs could be assembled, found, or manufactured, but the end result must have been formally resolved and fit for display during NYCxDESIGN 2013.


Fun / Functional

November 10, 2012  |  Venice, CA

Fun / Functional marked the first AmDC collaboration with a product design company, Knock Knock. 

Fun / Functional sought to celebrate good design that is both useful and desirable.  Products that are original and strong in concept, and that embodied humor, function and beauty through thoughtful design.

The show took place in Venice, California at Space Abbot Kinney.

Photography by Kendall Mills.


Raw + Unfiltered 

May 7 - May 21, 2012  |  New York, NY

Nature unfiltered is never perfect. In this spirit, a group of designers was selected to showcase new work that highlighted a material or process in its most natural, unfiltered state. We asked designers: 'If your process became raw and unfiltered, what kind of object would that yield?' The result was Raw + Unfiltered, the AmDC's eighth show. 

Presented as part of the UNFILTERED project series by Karlsson’s Gold Vodka, Raw + Unfiltered opened at Heller Gallery during ICFF 2012.

Photography by Kendall Mills.


Threat: Objects of Defense & Protection

March 9 - March 12, 2012  |  Brooklyn, NY

At home. 3 A.M. SMASH!! What do you grab? Most of us are frightened by the idea of a criminal breaking into our home. In our minds we’ve imagined how we would react: Will I run? Will I hide? Will I fight?

For THREAT: Objects for Defense and Protection, the AmDC asked designers to create an object or tool that would help a person deal with an intruder. The show was held at an emerging gallery space in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

Photography by Kendall Mills.



May 13 - May 17, 2011  |  New York, NY

Use Me took place during ICFF 2011 in the NoHo Design District. This show was an effort to present unapologetically functional design from both emerging and veteran designers. The AmDC showcased designs that were defined by a strong sense of purpose, an intelligent use of materials and the ability to do one thing extremely well. 


Breakable: Glass by Design

May 6 - May 29, 2010  |  New York, NY

Breakable was a collection of unique contemporary objects made from glass. The goal of the exhibition was to present innovative design that explored new ways of thinking about this material. The work was displayed at Heller Gallery, coinciding with ICFF 2012 in New York City. 


Purpose and Worth

May 15 - May 19, 2009  |  New York, NY

Purpose & Worth was the AmDC's third exhibition. The show's title and theme come from a speech given by Ronald Reagan at the 1991 dedication ceremony of the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library:

'I know in my heart that man is good. That what is right will always eventually triumph. And there's purpose and worth to each and every life.' 

The show included work that was both functional and novel. Purpose and Worth took place at Design Within Reach in New York City's Flatiron District during ICFF 2009. 


Hue Are You?

March 20 - April 30, 2009  |  Brooklyn, NY

Hue Are You? revolved around the theme of color in contemporary design. Designers were asked to use color as the starting point of their explorations. The exhibition took place at The Future Perfect, in Brooklyn, which celebrates local products and furniture 'with a party'. 


Outside of Sorts

September 25 - September 30, 2008  |  New York, NY

Outside of Sorts was the AmDC's first show. Designers interpreted the exhibition's theme both literally, creating objects intended to be used outdoors, and conceptually, designing products whose relationships played on the notion of 'outside'. The show took place in a Nolita shop in New York City.